People On The US Virgin Islands Can’t Get Food Aid Because There’s Still No Electricity

Dustin Kuster is still waiting for a large cooler he purchased online to arrive at his home so he can keep meat, cheese, and fresh foods on hand. Like about 80% of the US Virgin Islands’ 106,000 residents, the 41-year-old, his girlfriend, and her four children have been living without power since a pair of hurricanes pulverized the region more than six weeks ago. For his family and thousands of others without access to expensive generators, Kuster still can’t cook meals and is consuming mostly cold, salty, canned food. Residents…

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LG G6, Huawei Mate 9, and Honor 6X receive price cuts in US

Update: The Mate 9’s price has dropped even further – it’s now going for $459.99 (both gray and silver color options). Original story below: The LG G6 and a couple of Huawei smartphones are currently available at discounted rates in the United States. Specifically, Sprint has slashed the price of the G6 by half – zero-down, followed by $14.75 a month for 18 months. The Mate 9, on the other hand, has dropped to under $500 (it’s going for as low as $479 currently on Amazon). For comparison, the device launched in the…

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128GB+6GB HTC U11 going up for pre-orders in the US tomorrow

HTC announces that it is going to begin selling a 128GB version of the HTC U11, complete with 2 additional GB of RAM for a total of 6GB of RAM. We’re glad to see that HTC has decided to bring over it’s higher specc’d variant while most other smartphone makers are hesitant to offer more than 4GB of RAM in smartphones for the US market. Otherwise, HTC is hosting discounts for its past couple of major smartphones: You can get $250 off of an HTC U Ultra (for $499) or you…

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Lunch will be a big focus for us in food, Starbucks CFO Scott Maw says

Let’s do lunch! Starbucks CFO Scott Maw says the coffee giant is looking to grow its food sales, particularly those at the midday meal. As Starbucks looks to grow its share of the coffee market, the chain is also testing ways to attract more customers who want food. Starbucks has been successful with its breakfast offerings, but lunch will be a bigger part of the company’s so-called food growth moving forward, Maw told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday morning. Monday was the 25th anniversary of Starbucks’ listing on the Nasdaq….

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Will losing health insurance mean more US deaths? Experts say yes

Disability advocates hold a protest outside the office of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on 22 June. Senate Republicans have released their draft healthcare bill. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images View more sharing options Shares 1,258 Mona Chalabi @MonaChalabi email Saturday 24 June 2017 12.00 BST The Republican healthcare bill announced on Thursday would cause thousands of Americans to die each year, according to physicians who study government data. Using national health surveys, doctors and academics have tested whether a lack of health insurance increases the probability of death. Most have concluded…

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US court rejects bid to immediately restore travel ban

A US appeals court in San Francisco has denied an emergency motion filed by the justice department to reinstate President Donald Trump’s halted immigration ban. The decision from the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit means the ban will remain frozen throughout the weekend, and that a decision on a further request to restore the ban will be put off until at least Monday afternoon. The justice department filed an appeal on Saturday to reinstate an executive order barring citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries and temporarily banning…

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Chinese PhD education ‘shifted from Soviet to US model’

Chinese doctoral education has shifted from a Soviet to a US model, according to a working paper that demonstrates the growth and improvement of PhD education in the country. The paper, “From the former Soviet patterns towards the US model? Changes in Chinese doctoral education”, finds that although there is still evidence of the impact of Soviet ideas, PhD study has become increasingly influenced by the US since the mid-1990s. Futao Huang, professor at the Research Institute for Higher Education at Hiroshima University and international co-investigator for the UCL Institute…

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Trump fires Sally Yates after acting US attorney general contradicted travel ban

Donald Trump has fired the acting US attorney general after she told justice department lawyers not to defend his executive order banning entry for people from seven Muslim-majority countries. The White House said on Monday that Sally Yates had “betrayed” the department by refusing to enforce a legal order that was “designed to protect the citizens of the United States”. Trump drafted in Dana Boente, US attorney for the eastern district of Virginia, to replace Yates as acting attorney general. The president’s official appointee, anti-immigration hardliner Senator Jeff Sessions, is…

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US Health Report: Exercising More, But Mental Health Suffers

How healthy are people in the U.S.? A new federal report shows that although the country has made progress in some areas, such as increasing how much exercise people get and lowering the number of teens who smoke cigarettes, it’s fallen behind in others, particularly in taking care of mental health. The new report, published today (Jan. 11) by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), detailed the country’s progress in meeting a set of 10-year national health goals that were set in 2010 as part of…

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Shocking truth: 20% of health-care expenditures wasted in US and other nations

A new OECD report released Jan. 10 reveals a shocking truth: About 20 cents of every dollar spent on health care in OECD countries is wasted in some fashion. That waste represents more than 20 percent of total health expenditure in the United States. The findings of the report, entitled “Tackling Wasteful Spending on Health,” will be discussed at a meeting for OECD Ministers of Health in Paris on Jan. 16–17. According to the report’s author, Agnès Couffinhal, a senior OECD health economist, it is alarming that around one-fifth of…

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